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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel | [John le Carré]

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel

The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement-especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.
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Publisher's Summary

The inspiration for the major motion picture Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth.

The first novel in John le Carré's celebrated Karla trilogy, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a heart-stopping tale of international intrigue.

The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement - especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

The feature film adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and features a cast that includes Gary Oldman as Smiley, Academy Award-winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech), and Tom Hardy (Inception).

©2011 John le Carre (P)2011 Penguin

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    Radford Arlington, VA, United States 02-18-13
    Radford Arlington, VA, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Pushed through it"
    Would you try another book from John le Carre and/or Michael Jayston?

    The first two hours of this book were a complete waste of time and in my opinion did nothing to add to the story. Now with that said, you're either going to like this book or not. I fall into the latter camp. It isn't a bad book but it's not an action story and requires you to really listen to it and pay attention (which I do with all my audio books), otherwise you can get lost quite easily.

    Maybe I've read too many books but I found the story line very simplistic and predictable.
    It revolves around finding a mole within the spy agency label as the "circus". An analytical mind may find this story appealing.

    If it wasn't for the fact that I always listen or read a story once I purchase it, I would have left it after those first two hours of listening.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John le Carre again?

    Based on this book, I would not


    What three words best describe Michael Jayston’s performance?

    I believe he set the tone of this novel quiet well but honestly he puts me to sleep. He has one of those voices that are easy to listen to but can lull you. Based on this performance alone, which is the only time I've ever heard him, It doesn't seem like he has a wide range of voices as I've heard from others.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy?

    I would have cut out the first two hours.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Northport, AL, United States 01-09-13
    Andrew Northport, AL, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Novel and movie very complimentary"
    Would you listen to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy again? Why?

    Yes probably so.


    What other book might you compare Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to and why?

    The Godfather; at times methodical but very well constructed.


    What does Michael Jayston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really; One sitting is a bit of a stretch but there were times when I did not want to stop.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Carrollton, TX, United States 01-07-13
    Amazon Customer Carrollton, TX, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    What other book might you compare Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to and why?

    N/A


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was all very interesting


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book over multiple sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-29-12
    George Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-29-12
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    "I gave up on it."
    Would you try another book from John le Carre and/or Michael Jayston?

    I might try another from John Le Carre, but will pass on Michael Jayston.


    What could John le Carre have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    N/A.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Jayston’s performances?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy?

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    Any additional comments?

    Heavy British accent and manner of speech were too much for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Woodrow 05-29-12
    Woodrow 05-29-12
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    "Not worth the time"

    I love mysteries, conspiracies, and spies, but I struggled to finish this book. I downloaded the book because I intended to watch the movie. It was a good thing that I did or I never would have understood the movie. (The movie was worse than the book.) The plot of this novel is confusing and the characters are flat and uninteresting. Narrator Michael Jayston did an excellent job with difficult material.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Devin Baton rouge, LA, United States 12-28-11
    Devin Baton rouge, LA, United States 12-28-11
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    "Worst spy book ever!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Written for a person who prefers a spy book writen at a painfully slow pace without any violence or action of any kind.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John le Carre again?

    Honorable School Boy was a good listen but I have to say that I will never listen to any of his books again.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did a good job at reading such a terrible novel.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Angry that I wasted my Audile credit on this very disappointing book. I am sure I have listened to at least a hundred thrillers over the past few years that I mostly download from our public library and I have never felt the need to ever write a review until now.


    6 of 31 people found this review helpful
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